Monday, April 20, 2015

popular phrases

I love words and the combination thereof. It has always been this way, even if I am not the most prolific at using them. Besides my obsessive interest in the modern usages of Latin, I also like old slang, phrases and idioms. I even have the book, Word Nerd by Barbara Ann Kipfer Which is somewhere in between a dictionary and heaven.

Slang itself has really been well documented recently by Urban Dictionary. Which makes my word nerd book dated. But, I don't care, I like using dated language. It'll all come back around.

The thing is, we use phrases all the time that are dated. The top two I can thing of are, "Hang up the phone" and "Roll down the window". These really should be, "End the call" and "Open the window". But we are, how shall I say...stuck in a rut?

See what I did there? Used a phrase that is believed to come from the idea that wagon wheels would get stuck in the ruts made by previous wagon wheels. Forcing the wagon to run on a predetermined course.

Here are some other of my favorites.

"Close, but no cigar."

This saying refers to the practice of giving cigars as prizes at carnivals in the US during the 19th century.

"See you on the flip side."

This is a very obscure comparative to flipping a record to the B side.

"Bite the bullet."

There was no time to administer anaesthesia before emergency surgery during battle. The surgeon made patients bite down on a bullet in an attempt to distract them from the pain.

"Butter someone up."

Another obscure  comparative to when ancient Indians would butter statues of God's to obtain favour.

"Go the whole nine yards."

World War II Fighter pilots received a 9-yard chain of ammunition. Therefore, when a pilot used all of his ammunition on one target, he gave it “the whole nine yards.”


Friday, April 10, 2015

the great computer rescue

My Mac system is still dead. There is nothing to be done for now. I am too frustrated to even address that problem. 

But my antiquated laptop? I breathed some life into it for the hundredth time.

When I bought the laptop, almost ten years ago, it was state of the art. Now, it is the most basic thing a person could use. Unfortunately, it crashed and after the crash, I was saddened to learn that Windows no longer supports my dual processors. Which is strange because technically I have the required base specs for Windows 7.

Fed up, I turned to Linux. Which is not only free, but running perfectly. Yay, open source!

The irritating thing about Linux is how little support there is from third party programmers. As if it would be really too much trouble to create a Linux version. But, I am thinking even when I get my sweet new PC laptop. I'll always try to have a Linux machine around for it's rock solid stability.

If you have a similar problem with your old-ass-piece-of-garbage-pc, I suggest using Ubuntu. Also, I found a lot of helpful information from Nixie Pixel to jump into the Linuxing world.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

why haven't I posted for a while?

Let me tell you, when it rains -- it pours. Let me list SOME of the things that have broken since my last post.
  1. Both of my computers
  2. Our Wifi Router
  3. My iPhone
  4. My fancy mouse
  5. Our oven
  6. Our shower
  7. The suspension in our car
I swear to you, everyday it's a new thing. At this point, I am more surprised when I don't rip my skirt or when I don't need my eyeglasses repair kit. Even my salt and pepper grinder has become useless.

Stop it!

Edit Friday, April 17, 2015  Add our Roku & Andy's phone to the list